Parents know that if there's trouble to be found, kids will
probably find it.
So it's no surprise that some of that trouble will lead to
injury, and ACC has revealed more than 300,000 claims were
lodged last year for children.
Out of a total 1.7 million ACC claims, 334,141 were made for
children from newborns up to 14-years-old.
Boys outdid girls, with 188,529 claims compared to the girls'
Many of the children's injuries were minor, with the majority
(152,600) being soft tissue injuries such as bruises, strains
Cuts, puncture wounds and stings resulted in 98,100 claims to
After these, the most common injuries were fractures and
Other injuries included: dental (around 13,700 claims), burns
with around 7600, foreign bodies in eyes with around 5400
claims, and concussion (around 5300).
ACC's general manager of insurance and prevention services,
John Beaglehole, said many minor injuries happen in the
context of everyday play and are simply a part of growing up.
"Most kids love running and jumping around, which are all
part of a healthy lifestyle," he said. "In fact, kids need to
take some risks in order to learn. But at the same time,
there are things you can do to help prevent injuries."
How you do this will depend on your child's age.
"With preschoolers, it's basically up to parents and
caregivers to manage their risks, by checking their
environment and through good supervision," Mr Beaglehole
"As kids get older, you still need to set boundaries, but
it's also about helping them start to learn to manage risk
sensibly themselves. That means talking to them about risks
and being a good role model."
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ